#6 The Allies War Cemeteries in Kanchanaburi

The perfectly maintained Allies Cemetery in Kanchanaburi, containing British, Australian, and Dutch casualties. All US casualties were re-interred back to the United States.

The perfectly maintained Allies Cemetery in Kanchanaburi, containing British, Australian, and Dutch casualties. All US casualties were re-interred back to the United States.

After I visited the war museums here, I went to both the of the Allies Cemeteries. The grounds were perfectly kept. And there I spent the rest of the day. At the Chungkai cemetery, I read every one of the 1700 grave sites.

Many of the markers thanked the deceased for their service for country. Some planned for the time when they would be reunited with their loved ones. But the most poignant to me were the ones of sheer grief. I have included photos of these. I believe that they speak mostly for themselves.

marker1

marker2

 

So sad...

So sad…

marker4

Someone had recently visited this grave. One of the aging children, perhaps?

Someone had recently visited this grave. One of the aging children, perhaps?

 

just heartbreak...

just heartbreak…

and the loneliness afterward...

and the loneliness afterward…

grieving til the last day of your life...

grieving til the last day of your life…

 

There were many of these...

There were many of these…

This inscription was eerie to me...

This inscription was eerie to me…

 

Imagine the anguish of this man, going to his death, knowing his wife and child are POW's, IF they are alive...

Imagine the anguish of this man, going to his death, knowing his wife and child are POW’s, IF they are alive…

 

a bit of Tennyson here...

a bit of Tennyson here…

 

So so lonely and sad here...

So so lonely and sad here…

 

and we do forget...

and we do forget…

4 Responses to #6 The Allies War Cemeteries in Kanchanaburi

  1. Susan Burk

    Beautiful,posting, Dwight! I love the last one, “He’s ours to remember when the rest of the world forgets.” Soon nobody will have experienced that particular period of time, so those who remember will be remembering through stories of the dead. That’s one reason why stories are so important.

  2. Jesse

    I can easily pass several hours reading gravestones. It provides hundreds of potential stories and wonders. And still makes me sad.

  3. D. Young

    I visited this site in 1975. It was and remains a humbling experience I will never forget.

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